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Experience Hong Kong like a Local

As beloved and familiar as Hong Kong is to so many Filipinos, there’s still so much more to discover within the much-visited city. Though smaller as compared to other destinations, Hong Kong is a dynamic, ever-evolving place that offers something different in every corner. So how can you be sure you make the most out of your Hong Kong visit? Follow Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) guide on the city’s hidden gems and must-sees that the locals swear by.


Bring the family to Lamma Island, where everyone can enjoy a Lamma Island Family Walk along the Hilltop Pavilion, and indulge in the magnificent view of Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and Ocean Park. While here, don’t miss out on the wide variety of fresh seafood that the place is famous for, along with its turquoise coves, traditional fishing villages, and environmentally friendly wind turbines.

From turquoise coves and traditional fishing villages to an environmentally friendly wind turbine, Lamma Island is itself a medley of hidden Hong Kong scenery.
Hong Kong was listed by Lonely Planet as one of the “Best in Asia” destinations for 2016 with the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark as a main highlight.

Outdoorsy people or even photography enthusiasts will know about Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark which was highlighted when Lonely Planet listed Hong Kong as one of the “Best in Asia” destinations for 2016. The park features the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and the Northeast New Territories Rock Region which both showcase Hong Kong’s timeless and beautiful landforms.

The Maclehose trail will surely be enjoyable for everyone as it takes you to some of the world’s mot magnificent geological sites and beautiful beaches.

There’s also the Maclehose Trail where you can go for a leisurely walk along marvelous outdoor sites and beautiful beaches, including Sai Kung sections’ geological treasures of sea caves, sea stacks, hexagonal columns and dikes. Proving once again that Hong Kong is more than just a bustling city, the trail is listed on National Geographic’s “World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails”.


Hong Kong has a unique and delicious cuisine that you can only find in the place where the traditional East and the modern West come together. So, don’t miss out on the city’s eats. A favorite of both locals and tourists alike, is Kam’s Roast Goose at G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. This eatery uses their half a century-old family recipe from the world-famous Yung Kee Goose. Kam’s serves only the most delicious roast meats, and immediately received a Michelin star just months after opening.

Kam’s Roast Goose serves mouthwatering roasts — like char siu, barbecued pork, suckling pig, and goose.
Hop Yik Tai is known to serve some of the best cheung fun, or rice noodle roll in the city.

Another Michelin-recognized eatery is Hop Yik Tai at G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po. They serve some of, if not the, best cheung fun, or rice noodle roll, in the city. Don’t worry about locating this tiny place along a busy district, just join the long line of people outside getting their take-out or find a seat inside to sample more dishes.

For a real locals-only dining experience, head to G/F, 49 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay and find Sun Kee Noodles Shop. Cart noodles are a local favorite for its affordability, convenience, and variety. If you’re looking for a quick and filling bite to eat or just want to try a unique experience, head to Sun Kee and make your own delicious noodle dish.

Sun Kee Noodles is a local go-to for HongKongers looking for a quick and filling bite to eat


Which Filipino tourist doesn’t have shopping on their itinerary? If it’s unique finds that you want, head to the hip and artsy PMQ. The former school and police officer housing has been transformed into a hangout that merges art, fashion, and history. Housing over 100 design studios, shops, offices for creative enterprises, and lodging for visiting designers, the place is perfect for leisurely strolling with your friends, checking out the city’s local artists, or even just browsing and getting to know Hong Kong’s design scene.

PMQ is a hip hangout that merges local art, fashion, and history.

For the fashion lovers who fly to Hong Kong for better selections and better prices on their beloved luxury brands, ifc mall is that one-stop-shop you can go to for all your high-end buys. The city’s most luxurious shopping mall boasts more than 200 high-fashion boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Céline, Jimmy Choo, and Givenchy, and houses specialty department stores such as Lane Crawford. There’s also delicious eateries, entertainment options, and a roof garden with views of the harbor.

ifc mall is that one-stop-shop you can go to for all your high-end buys.

If it’s a full day of shopping that you’ve got planned, your best bet is a trip to Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall compound. Harbour City houses over 700 shops, including 50 restaurants within three malls that make up the complex: Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre and Gateway Arcade. There are attractions and events within so you won’t get bored while the group is still shopping. Locals and tourists alike still come back to this place for the unbeatable shopping no other mall offers.

Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall compound, Harbour City, houses over 700 shops, including 50 restaurants.

To ensure you’re maximizing your vacation, grab the best deals available wherever you go. From April 1 to October 31, 2017, different Hong Kong attractions will be offering discounts and freebies to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Just make sure you have your Best of All, it’s in Hong Kong Coupon Booklets that you can grab at HKTB visitor centers and various hotels around Hong Kong to avail of these discounts.

Armed with the best deals and a guide to the local-approved haunts in the city, you’re sure to have an exciting, new and authentic experience of Hong Kong.

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